Crystal Palace - Leicester City Preview: Can the Eagles derail the Foxes title charge

Alan Pardew's side are hoping to be the first blip in their opponents title charge

Crystal Palace - Leicester City Preview: Can the Eagles derail the Foxes title charge
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Still without a League win in 2016, Crystal Palace will go head-to-head with top of the Premier League table Leicester City on Saturday. 

The Eagles do however go into the game in good spirits, after they secured a place in the FA Cup semi-finals, where they will face fellow Premier League side Watford, after knocking out Championship side Reading in their last match. 

Ahead of the game, manager Alan Pardew has said he has faith that his side can destabilise their opponents title charge.

“Our history is littered with upsets against the odds, that’s what this club is about,” he said in his press conference.

“It’s been almost the perfect season for them but it doesn’t always come all the way through, that perfect run. Maybe their blips are still to come.”

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Palace still have a number of players on their injury list. Marouane Chamakh, James McArthur and Connor Wickham will all still be missing for the Eagles on Saturday due to injury.

Mile Jedinak may be back, he is currently nursing a back injury but is a possibility for the game. Jason Puncheon could also be involved after missing six weeks with a hamstring injury. 

Despite Pardew’s comments, Claudio Ranieri’s side will be confident that they can remain strong till the end of the season, after they opened up a five point lead over second place Tottenham on Monday night.

Shinji Okazaki scored a stunning bicycle kick to secure the points on Monday night | Photo: Mirror
Shinji Okazaki scored a stunning bicycle kick to secure the points on Monday night. Photo: The Mirror

Despite what seems to be an easy run-in compared to their title rivals, the Foxes finish the season with three tough fixtures. They face Manchester United at Old Trafford, Everton back at the King Power Stadium and end the season against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.  

Despite their fantastic position, Ranieri is keeping his feet on the ground, and continues to praise his team. 

“We have a tight-knit, wonderful dressing room and a team that works. However, we know we haven’t done anything yet,” he said in his pre match press conference.

“Now we’re going to fight to qualify for Europe. And if we stay up there, we’ll try to get into the Champions League and then go for the title. But we have to take it one step at a time.” 

Leicester City team news

Leicester look set to have all their key men fit for the match, with only to possible absentees.

Andy King missed the Foxes 1-0 victory over Newcastle United on Monday but could return tomorrow. Midfielder Matty James however is not fit to return after a cruciate knee ligament injury.